The Warriors have been here so many times that it’s a big part of their script. The inevitability of all this doesn’t negate how remarkable his return is.
Falling into a 19-point deficit to the Philadelphia 76ers in the second quarter, the Warriors knew they needed to make adjustments: tighten the grip on the defense, get easy buckets in the transition, and throw the game out of reach.
Led by the infectious energy and defense of Andrew Wiggins and Juan Toscano-Anderson, the Warriors took the lead in the third quarter and won the chase 116-96.
Here are some observations from his fifth and 12th consecutive win in the last 13 games for the Warriors (16-2):
The Sixers defeated the Warriors by 20-4 runs in the first quarter. This run was more responsible for what Golden State failed to do than Philadelphia. Defensively, the Warriors were out of sync. The rotation was missed. The Sixers were getting anyone and everything they wanted from an ineffective field. And not to mention excessive contamination. Drummond Green had to sit for a pocket in the first half due to his four fouls. In Green’s absence, not only did the defense suffer; The crime spilled over without his drama.
If the lack of attention to detail on defense wasn’t bad enough, 11 turnovers in the first half made matters worse. For a heavy team like the Warriors, turnover is often a by-product of their playing style. However, forced turnovers are unacceptable due to being unaware and sluggish.
pace to pace
The Sixers are the worst at league speed. Since Joel Embiid’s absence, this has forced him to play shorter which in turn allows him to play faster. Philadelphia had the pace, the energy and the pace because of their quick play in the first half. The Warriors began matching that energy late in the second quarter, while the Sixers evaporated a 19-point lead to nine at halftime. which leads to…..
a classic third trimester
It didn’t take long for the Warriors to take the lead in the third quarter. The warriors closed in defense and made easy baskets in the transition from their stops in the fashion of normal warriors. For head coach Steve Kerr, the defense is the foundation of these third-quarter blitzes.
“We got great performances off the bench by Gary and Juan – our two better defenders,” said Kerr, adding Gary Peyton Jr. and Toscano-Anderson. “And defense leads to crime. The ball started moving because we were in transition and so it was a beautiful second half.”
“That’s our identity,” Steph Curry said. “We try to continue to prove it. Count on it every night… we can score with the best of them but when we flipped the switch and there were stops, and especially in the second half Forcing them to take the hard shot, and turn it into an offense, it just unlocked the game for us.
The Sixers, to their credit, did a great job of keeping themselves up and staying competitive despite the Warriors’ race. But the Warriors held Philly to 12 points in the fourth quarter after outscoring the Sixers 34-23 in the third quarter.
jump in fourth
The Warriors maintained the same momentum from their latest third quarter into the fourth quarter as they eventually pulled out 15-3 in the middle of the fourth quarter. Toscano-Andersen was the catalyst for the boom in the late game. The hug that Kerr gave Toscano-Andersen in the final horn was worthwhile.
“Juan was out of rotation a week ago,” Kerr said. “And as a coach it’s great to know that you can always count on a player like Juan. You can start him. He can be your eighth man. He can be your 12th man, but you can always Know what you are getting.
“The players love to play with him. Coaches like to throw him out on the floor because of his energy; because of his mind. He just got a good feeling; great competitive desire. I think last year, I thought about it.” I talked a lot about how he’s like Draymond (Green) in this regard. So he just stuck to that. I’m really proud of the way he stayed connected to him after a few games away from him.”
Step 25- Seth 24
No matter how hard Seth Curry tries, he cannot escape the shadow of Stephen Curry.
He can never even beat her.
In this latest episode of Curry vs. Curry, Seth gives Steph everything he personally had, outscoring Steph for most of the game until the second half bounce.
Steph finished the game with 25 points at 9-16 from the ground. His six three-pointers brought him within 50 of Ray Allen for No. 1 on the all-time list. At his current pace – 5.4 per game – Curry will pass Allen on December 14 at Madison Square Garden.
For the Sixers, Seth scored a team-high 24 points on 50 percent shooting from the field.
According to ESPN, Seth has never outscored Steph in a one-on-one matchup since they’ve been in the league. That streak still holds.